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Herb Lamb Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 

1999 Herb Lamb Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of ripe, dense, black fruits coupled with a strong blueberry essence and floral notes showcase the wonderful terroir of the Herb Lamb Vineyard. Beginning with the saturated dark color and brilliant clarity, one can see that 1999 was a very ripe and complex vintage in Napa Valley.

Notes from the Estate:

Smoky, volcanic quality, tar, graphite, damson plum, gamey and meaty. This dark wine has chunkier tannins and greater barrel toast elements, which are quite well integrated. Though enjoyable now, we expect it will be even better in 5 years and beyond. Drink now through 2025. Service: We recommend decanting this wine 2 hours ahead of time at a temperature of 55 to 65F. Food Pairing: Lamb with raspberry.

The 1999 vintage of Colgin " Herb Lamb Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon is the smallest to date. A selective replanting process instigated by vineyard owner Herb Lamb coupled with meticulous sorting of the fruit yielded an extremely limited production from this vintage. A moderate growing season, coupled with a low yield produced a level of ripeness revealed in the 14.8% alcohol and high level of saturated black color. Elements of high-tone black skinned fruits intermingle with an essence of fresh earth and even a hint of white pepper, tobac and exotic spices. This cuvee was aged for 26 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels, thus elevating the bouquet to the signature Colgin level of complexity. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in late November 2001, we think that with a careful bottle aging regime this wine will continue to age and build complexity for at least two decades.

We released 200 cases of 1999 Colgin " Herb Lamb Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon in November 2002.


Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #142 (Aug 2002)
Rating: 95 points
Drink 2004-2020
Estimated Cost: $165.00


The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard is performing significantly better out of bottle than it did from cask. This 200-case cuvee spent 26 months in oak. Its opaque purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of graphite, creme de cassis, and licorice, and full-bodied, layered, concentrated flavors with superb balance and density. Surprisingly sweet tannin as well as an explosive finish have developed over the last year. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020+.

Colgin, which is already a so-called "cult" wine, seems to have pushed the envelope of quality even higher ... as hard as that is to believe. As always, the truth is in the bottle ... in vino veritas.

(Release date 11/02)

Tel. (707) 524-4445; Fax (310) 889-0085


Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #132 (Dec 2000)
Rating: (90-92) points
Drink 2003-2018
Estimated Cost: Unknown


The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard (300 cases) exhibits a black/purple color along with sumptuously pure aromas of black currants, cassis, charcoal, and toast. Surprisingly medium-bodied as well as lighter than expected, it possesses excellent mineral notes, as well as a Bordeaux-like finesse, austerity, and finish. This beautifully-styled Cabernet should be ready to drink in 3-4 years, and will keep for 15-18. (Not yet released)

Tel. (707) 524-4445; Fax (310) 889-0085


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